The halls of Parliament were buzzing with talk of a Liberal–NDP merger to form a new political party. Leaders from both parties were quick to deny any talks were taking place. Mark talks with a leading political scientist Professor Emeritus Ned Franks about the possibilities of either a merger of the two parties or options for a coalition following the next election.
Reforms to Canada’s refugee claimant system were announced this week which promises to make the process faster and fairer. The government hammered out a compromise with the opposition parties to arrive at a deal. NDP Immigration critic Olivia Chow explains the new policies and how the parties worked together to reach a compromise.
Also this week, The Globe and Mail’s Gloria Galloway discusses these stories and other political news from the week with host Mark Sutcliffe this week on “The Week.”
A broadcaster, writer and entrepreneur, Mark joined CPAC in the Fall of 2009 to host The Week – a Sunday morning, national phone-in on the week in politics. He also hosts The Chat Room weekday mornings on 580 CFRA in Ottawa, writes two weekly columns in the Ottawa Citizen and is the CEO of Great River Media. A marathon runner and volunteer, Mark is also the founder of iRun magazine and the author of Why I Run and was formerly Executive Editor of the Citizen.